Tooth Fairy as Fun as Dental Work
One-gag Dwayne Johnson vehicle fails to impress
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2010 12:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in a tutu is pretty much the only thing Tooth Fairy has going for it, and critics aren’t exactly enchanted. Here’s what they’re saying:

  • Tooth Fairy is nothing but a “charmless and underdeveloped knockoff of The Santa Clause,” writes Lou Lumenick of the New York Post. “Basically, if you've seen the ads, you've seen the only joke in this one-joke movie.”

  • “This just might be the de-evolution of family entertainment,” writes Claudia Puig in USA Today. Johnson’s affable, and it’s funny seeing him in a pink tutu, but ultimately Tooth Fairy is “about as enjoyable as a root canal.”
  • The movie’s “barely more than the pitch meeting that spawned it,” says Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe, but Johnson is irresistible to kids. “Beneath those enormous pecs beats the heart of a Muppet.”
  • Roger Ebert concurs. “There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age,” he writes for the Chicago Sun-Times, "but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive”